Ok, maybe this is a bad idea. But here we go. I’m going to have my first farmstand since the whole City of Oakland debacle. Do you remember that time? Was it really 2011? And there I was selling rabbit pot pies and chai made with…goat milk? Yes. And then the city came to me and said: you can’t grow produce or raise animals on this commercially zoned lot without a conditional use permit. And I was pregnant and so hormonal. Then you! you! dear readers came to my rescue and donated enough money for me to get a conditional use permit. The smallest donation was 50 cents. The largest $300. Thank you you good people. Then it took the city about a year to finalize everything and I had the permit in my hands but I was by then deep deep in motherhood, the kind that was all-sapping, and no-sleeping.
But now Frannie’s 18 months old, the garden is busting, and honestly, that beehive needs to have some of its honey taken away or I’m in for a swarm. And it’s Oakland First Friday art night. So join me…
When: Friday June 7, 5-7pm
Where: Martin Luther King Jr Way & 28th Street (look for the abandoned building, the street names fell off the stop sign. Well, it was knocked off by a car, I think, because the stop sign is bent and the street names landed in the garden–where they are now being used as a sort of decoration. Until the city needs it back. Let me know, guys, OK?)
What: Farmstand selling rhubarb, carrots, beets, beans, herbs, and books (signed copy of Farm City for Father’s Day gift?)
What else: Honey harvest! I’m going to pull some frames and show people how to extract honey.
See ya Friday. If you donated money for my permit, let me know, and I’ll give you a hug.